Sheikh Mohammed forms new entity to strengthen Dubai’s border security

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE has issued a law forming the Dubai Council Of Border Crossing Points Security, a new entity created to improve Dubai’s border security capabilities.

The Council will ensure smooth coordination between government bodies involved in border control, such as the Emirate’s General Authority of Ports, Borders, and Free Zones Security (GPBFZS), as well as relevant local, federal, regional, and international organizations.

The Law No. (15) of 2021 under which the council was established, aims to assess the current condition of the land, water and air border control, possible threats, and ways of their prevention, as well as further develop and improve the efficiency of entities in border control.

The new entity’s responsibilities include formulating strategic border security plans and policies for the emirate, assisting the government on border control issues, and standardizing regulations and security criteria for safeguarding Dubai’s borders.

Sheikh Mohammed also issued decree no. (38) of 2021 forming the Board of Directors for the Dubai Council for Border Crossing Points Security. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will serve as the chairman and Lieutenant General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri will serve as the vice-chairman of the board.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai appointed Mr. Omar Ali Salem Al Addidi as the secretary-general of the Dubai Border Security Council.

The other Board Members include representatives from Dubai Police, Dubai Customs, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports Company, Dubai Air Navigation Services and Dubai Maritime City Authority.

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